Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario will host the 2024 North Region Living Well Conference on April 2nd 2024 in Owen Sound. This is one of four PSSO conferences happening in Spring 2024. We are thrilled to offer a local day of learning, enjoyment, and fellowship to those in Grey-Bruce and beyond! This conference will feature presentations by Dr. Kelly Robb, a researcher from Wilfrid Laurier University, and Michaela Harron, a Registered Dietician. The audience will also get to participate in demonstrations of local programming. A delicious catered lunch will be provided, along with coffee and dessert.

April 2, 2024

Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, Bay Room
10:00am – 3:00pm


Dr. Kelly Robb

Kelly Robb is a registered Canadian Certified pedorthist who has largely spent the last decade working in the academic sector and advancing research in the foot orthotic industry. Employed as a post-doctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, ON, her research focuses on the connection between neuromechanics, mechanoreceptor facilitation and muscular activity during gait, specifically as it relates to the use of texture and changes to skin input within foot orthoses design. Recent publications in highly respected peer-reviewed journals has confirmed her expertise as an international leader in understanding the neurophysiological role of textured foot orthoses during locomotion. Her interest continues to be grounded in understanding the mechanism supporting foot orthoses use, with a long-term goal of improving clinical practice and evidence-based treatment options for practicing foot care specialists.

Kelly is the current president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada, is the successful recipient of Canadian tri-council funding, served two terms appointed to Wilfrid Laurier’s research ethics board, and is a course instructor in Western University’s pedorthic diploma program.

Michaela Harron

Michaela is a Registered Dietitian who works with Shoppers Drug Mart full-time providing virtual nutrition consultations across Ontario. She graduated in 2021 from Western University and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition. She has worked in several long-term care homes, providing nutrition support with various disease states such as Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and many others. She shifted to working for Loblaw’s as a grocery-store dietitian in 2022, where she provided guided grocery store tours, and individual nutrition consultations for a variety of conditions and concerns. She loves taking nutrition science and translating it into actionable steps by demonstrating quick, easy and nutritious meals, foods and products that can help you meet your nutrition goals! Eating healthy shouldn’t be over-complicated or inaccessible!